03 October 2010

False Alarm

From the Spokane Daily Chronicle on this day in 1938:

TAX QUEEN MARY TO ITS CAPACITY

NEW YORK, Oct. 3. (AP) - Facilities of the liner Queen Mary were strained to accommodate the 2112 passengers the vessel landed today, the largest list she ever had carried.

Twenty-four hours before she sailed from England several hundred Americans tried to obtain accommodations to get away from what then looked like war. The Queen Mary was able to carry only 275 of them and cots were set up in the drawing room, the gymnasium and in the broadcasting room to accommodate the extra passengers.

Ship's officers said passengers were jubilant Thursday night when it was announced the four-power pact had been signed at Munich. They said more than 30 persons arranged for a return booking immediately.

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